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Birds - Robin Page 13

Image Taken on 23 Apr 2009 at 10:29    Image of day on 21 May 2009

A pair of robins build a nest on top of a rack in a dilapidated tool shed (windows & door long gone) & they now have at least 4 chicks in it. The parents usually come out and wait expectantly for a tit-bit from us, so we can go in and get a picture. We can't see what we are photographing even on the camera's LCD because it is so dark, but switching the camera to automatic & flash and pointing it through the gap in the fertiliser bags usually gets something. Only once a day though - don't want to stress them.

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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2017 at 12:11    Image of day on 02 Mar 2017

A Robin perched on the nearly disintegrated strip of bark.

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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2010 at 16:35    Image of day on 07 May 2010

And 100m away an undoubtedly different bird posed in the sunshine for a portrait.

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Image Taken on 04 Dec 2018 at 09:58    Image of day on 17 Jan 2019

A session tackling overgrown trees in the front 'Garden' was accompanied by this Robin on one of the dead branches looking for anything tasty we might disturb.

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Image Taken on 07 Jan 2016 at 16:40    Image of day on 12 Feb 2016

Robin. Mud. What more to say!

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Image Taken on 16 Jan 2016 at 12:31    Image of day on 19 Feb 2016

As we walk about the Robins in each territory make their approach in the hope of some food from the bottom of Marie's bottomless corn pocket. This one is perched on a 'weldmesh' ring which does service as an incinerator.

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Image Taken on 16 Jan 2016 at 12:31    Image of day on 19 Feb 2016

An image of the robin shows a reflection in his eye of the world behind the camera.

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Image Taken on 10 Feb 2007 at 11:43    Image of day on 17 Feb 2007

Only about 4 Hours after yesterdays portrait the snow thaw has turned into a minor flood as the ground beneath is still frozen and the water can only run over the surface. Unfortunately we didn't realise in the summer that this site is in the preferred run-off.

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Image Taken on 10 Dec 2006 at 07:11    Image of day on 19 Dec 2006

Robin posing for the 2007 Christmas card?

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Image Taken on 16 Apr 2008 at 06:33    Image of day on 28 Apr 2008

Birds are just so agile in the air. There is the head of another Dunnock at the right edge of the original frame, so maybe this is the male showing off. You can see the log is in one of its 'rook-adjusted' positions

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Image Taken on 04 May 2010 at 10:46    Image of day on 11 Jun 2010

And the sleek version.

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Image Taken on 14 Dec 2018 at 13:50    Image of day on 25 Jan 2019

Walking round the plot, a succession of Robins arrive in the hope of some corn. This one is perched on the filler cap of our many decades old heating oil tank.
Modern 'Plastic' tanks apparently last 10 years if you are lucky.

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Image Taken on 08 Jan 2017 at 12:30    Image of day on 16 Feb 2017

Robin decorating the hedge in some fitful sunshine.

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Image Taken on 12 Feb 2010 at 14:00    Image of day on 12 Mar 2010

We have dozens of robins each defending a territory. At the territorial boundery one bird becomes hesitant and another arrived. This one was perched on the top of a little post that holds our house name board.

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Image Taken on 06 Jan 2009 at 12:50    Image of day on 27 Jan 2009

The surface of frozen ponds have attracted a pair of Foxes, pheasants, and many small birds including this robin.

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Image Taken on 28 Feb 2018 at 09:12    Image of day on 04 Apr 2018

Robins seem to 'light up' the hedges with their red and white breasts.

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Image Taken on 01 Feb 2017 at 13:01    Image of day on 10 Mar 2017

Is it the Robin unusually 'lighting up' the hedges this year, or is it our perception of them? This little guy was over our access concrete track, obviously excited by the prospect of a hand-out from 'bottomless' corn pocket.

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Image of day on 17 Jan 2006

Robin using the small log as a lookout post. We get this sort of pose 5 or 10 times a day, but this is a particularly nice one.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2013 at 15:03    Image of day on 11 Aug 2013

Robins are breeding all over the plot - we haven't looked for the nests but see all the activity we expect.
Any volunteers to be a little green grub - the favourite pick by the parents to feed to the nestlings.

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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2016 at 19:32    Image of day on 05 Oct 2016

Seeing this image made us realise that you rarely see a Robin's tail nicely spread like this.

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